Bon Secours executive shifts jobs Rutledge leaves city post to join parent company

February 13, 1997|By Marilyn McCraven | Marilyn McCraven,SUN STAFF

Everard O. "Rod" Rutledge, the chief executive officer of Bon Secours Baltimore Health System, has resigned to take another position with the parent company.

As of March 14, Rutledge will assume a newly created position: vice president for community health, research and evaluation for Bon Secours Health System, which is based in Marriottsville.

Rutledge, who will work from Charleston, S.C., where his elderly parents live, said he decided to take the post for personal and professional reasons.

"I have a desire to be close to my parents. I've been in this business 27 years, I'm 50 years old, and it's time for me to look at doing something else, and Bon Secours was an interesting organization to look at," Rutledge said yesterday.

It is the first major management change since the merger of Liberty Medical Center and Bon Secours Hospital in November.

Rutledge, formerly Liberty's chief executive, was named CEO of the merged organization, and Jane Durney Crowley, who had been CEO of Bon Secours Baltimore, was his deputy.

The merged organization's board of directors will decide who Rutledge's successor will be, said Bob Knott, spokesman for Bon Secours.

Rutledge comes from a public health background -- he previously ran the St. Louis health department -- and developed the $6.5 million Urban Medical Institute, a recently opened outpatient facility at the former Liberty. The in- stitute offers a variety of educational and preventive health care programs. He came to Liberty in 1990.

In his new position, Rutledge said, he will do research and evaluation of programs and work on developing new programs for disease prevention and other issues.

Pub Date: 2/13/97

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